Michael Modic, MD

Michael Modic, MD
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Department Diagnostic Radiology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Angiography
  • Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasonography
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Myelography
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About Michael Modic, MD

Michael T. Modic, MD, received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1975. He completed his residency in radiology and fellowship in neuroradiology at Cleveland Clinic.
From 1979-1980, he spent a year as Assistant Professor of Radiology and as a Staff Neuroradiologist at University Hospitals in Cleveland. In 1980, he returned to the Cleveland Clinic as a Staff Neuroradiologist. In 1982, he was appointed Head of the Section of Magnetic Resonance. In 1985, he returned to Case Western Reserve School of Medicine/University Hospitals as Director of Magnetic Resonance and Neuroradiology, positions he held through 1989. During that time, he also held the rank of Professor of Radiology, Neurology, General Medical Sciences and Neurosurgery.

In 1989, Dr. Modic returned to the Cleveland Clinic as Chairman of Radiology, and in 1993 was appointed Professor of Radiology, Ohio State University. In 2000, Dr. Modic was appointed to the Board of Governors at Cleveland Clinic. In 2004, Dr. Modic was appointed Professor of Radiology, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. In 2007, Dr. Modic switched roles, and was appointed Chairman of the Neurological Institute.

Dr. Modic has served on the editorial boards of the journals Radiology, American Journal of Neuroradiology, Neurology, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and of the Board of Directors of the Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. He was President of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine for the 1992-1993 year, and in 1991 was the recipient of the Society Gold Medal in Clinical Science for his research activity related to the spine.

He is co-author of the text Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Spine, which is in its second edition, and the author/co-author of over 190 peer-reviewed articles related to neuroradiology.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Diagnostic Radiology
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Flexible or Transitional
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Xavier University
Natural Sciences
Cincinnati, OH USA

Professional Highlights

  • William P. and Amanda C. Madar Endowed Chairmanship and Professorship of the Neurological Institute


  • Diagnostic Radiology

Specialty Interests

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, neuroradiology

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Radiology
  • Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Scientific Development or Clinical Use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Fellow, Society of Magnetic Resonance


  • Radiological Society of North America
  • American Society of Neuroradiology
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine
  • American Society of Spine Radiology
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 12/13/2016, Dr. Modic has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Modic serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • Analogic Corporation

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

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